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Balabac is a municipality located in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. It lies on the southernmost tip of the Palawan mainland, and is composed of several islands off the coast of the mainland, including Balabac Island, Bugsuk Island, and Pandanan Island. It is bordered by the Sulu Sea to the south and east, and the Palawan mainland to the north and west.

The population of Balabac is estimated to be around 20,000 people. The main industries of the municipality are fishing, tourism, and agriculture. The main language spoken is Cuyonon, with Tagalog and English also being widely spoken.

Geographically, Balabac is situated in a unique location. It is located at the convergence of the Sulu Sea, the Celebes Sea, and the South China Sea. This makes it a prime location for fishing, as well as for shipping and trading.

In terms of its history, Balabac was first settled by the Chinese during the 13th century. It was then colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century, and became part of the Spanish East Indies. During the American occupation of the Philippines, Balabac was the site of a major battle between American and Filipino forces.

Today, Balabac is a popular tourist destination, with its pristine beaches, lush forests, and abundant wildlife. It is also home to several important historical sites, such as the Balabac Fort, which was built by the Spanish in the 18th century. The fort is now a national historical landmark.

Excursion tips for a day in Balabac

As a tourist in Balabac in the Philippines, there are many exciting activities to enjoy in one day. Here are some of the top things to do:

1. Visit the Balabac Island Marine Sanctuary and explore its stunning coral reefs and diverse marine life.

2. Go island hopping and explore the nearby islands, such as Pandanan Island and Bugsuk Island.

3. Take a boat tour and admire the beautiful mangrove forests that surround the islands.

4. Visit the local markets to sample some of the fresh seafood and other local produce.

5. Spend some time on the beach and take a dip in the crystal clear waters.

6. Go on a jungle trek and explore the lush tropical rainforest.

7. Visit the local villages and experience the unique culture and hospitality of the locals.

8. Go snorkeling and explore the vibrant coral reefs and marine life.

9. Take a kayaking or canoeing trip and explore the small islands and coves.

10. Go birdwatching and spot some of the rare and endemic birds of the area.

Experience Balabac with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Balabac. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Balabac

Balabac in the Philippines has a tropical climate, with hot and humid weather all year round. The summer season (March to May) is the hottest, with temperatures ranging from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius and high humidity. The rainy season (June to October) brings heavy rains and occasional typhoons. The winter season (November to February) is the coolest, with temperatures ranging from 22 to 28 degrees Celsius. The weather is generally sunny and dry during this time. The spring season (March to May) is characterized by slightly cooler temperatures and occasional showers. Overall, Balabac has a tropical climate with hot and humid weather all year round.

Cruise weather for Balabac

Our weather forecast for Balabac helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 29.1 °C
min: 28 °C
24.8 m/s
32.8 m/s
86.1 %
18.6 m
76.0 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 29.2 °C
min: 27.7 °C
24.1 m/s
32.0 m/s
90.9 %
15.8 m
77.0 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 28.6 °C
min: 27.7 °C
41.0 m/s
49.3 m/s
100.0 %
16.4 m
80.1 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 28.4 °C
min: 27.2 °C
39.6 m/s
51.1 m/s
100.0 %
16.6 m
81.9 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 29.2 °C
min: 28.1 °C
40.0 m/s
54.7 m/s
96.7 %
21.8 m
79.0 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 29.5 °C
min: 28.5 °C
35.6 m/s
52.6 m/s
87.5 %
19.8 m
78.4 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 29.9 °C
min: 28.5 °C
34.6 m/s
52.2 m/s
63.5 %
19.0 m
77.0 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 29.2 °C
min: 28.6 °C
33.1 m/s
49.3 m/s
83.2 %
22.0 m
76.0 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 28.6 °C
min: 27.8 °C
45.4 m/s
53.6 m/s
84.7 %
19.3 m
79.9 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 28.1 °C
min: 27.7 °C
51.1 m/s
65.9 m/s
99.6 %
16.1 m
81.7 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 28.6 °C
min: 27.8 °C
49.3 m/s
68.0 m/s
97.9 %
15.5 m
81.2 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 29.0 °C
min: 27.9 °C
46.1 m/s
61.9 m/s
97.6 %
20.5 m
80.4 %
1,006 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 28.5 °C
min: 26.9 °C
36.0 m/s
57.2 m/s
98.7 %
13.1 m
79.0 %
1,007 hPa

Cruises to Balabac

Would you like to travel to Balabac on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Balabac.

Scheduled ship calls in Balabac, Philippines
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Dec. 9th 2024 Monday, 9th of Dec. 2024 MS Europa 09:30 am 06:00 pm

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